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August 26, 2015

Former Sen. Mary Landrieu: Charters Increased Equity In New Orleans Schools

For the Louisiana Democrat, the most important story in the wake of Hurricane Katrina is the enhanced equity in the New Orleans' education system.

August 04, 2015

Federal Government Shutdown on the Horizon?

Members of Congress don't return to Washington until Sept. 8 and will have just 10 legislative days to find a path forward on the fiscal 2016 federal budget.

July 29, 2015

Rep. Fattah Charged With Illegally Funneling Money Through His Ed Nonprofit

Rep. Chaka Fattah, D-Pa., who was previously a member of the House education committee, has pushed for legislation that would require states to equalize educational resources.

July 28, 2015

Teacher-Turned-Congressman: Rep. Mark Takano's Take on ESEA Rewrite

Takano favors grade-span testing, supports the federal mandate that states and schools test 95 percent of students, and thinks accountability should be entirely left up to states.

July 23, 2015

Lawmakers in the House Introduce Scaled-Back, Bipartisan FERPA Overhaul

After 41 years, FERPA is widely viewed as inadequate for addressing privacy challenges presented by the flood of digital devices, software, and apps into U.S. schools over the past decade.

July 14, 2015

Senate Votes Down ESEA Amendment Designed to Protect LGBT Students

The U.S. Senate voted down an amendment designed to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender students from discrimination and harassment in public schools. But such protections are already required under Title IX, the National School Boards Association said.

July 06, 2015

What to Watch as Congress Debates Bills to Remake NCLB

The good news? The chances of finishing a bill and getting it to the president's desk by the end of this year or early next are better than they ever, ever have been before. The bad news? It's far from a slam dunk.

July 01, 2015

House Begins Process to Reconsider ESEA Reauthorization

The House Rules Committee is to meet July 7 to again consider its version of the federal K-12 law's rewrite; a vote could come as early as the next day.

June 23, 2015

Major Education Groups to Senate: Make ESEA Rewrite an Immediate Priority

A bipartisan measure authored by Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Patty Murray, D-Wash., has awaited floor debate for weeks, but has been passed over in favor of other priorities.

June 19, 2015

ESEA Reauthorization Efforts Running Up Against Senate Calendar

Even so, Sens. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Patty Murray, D-Wash, the influential co-authors of that chamber's bipartisan bill, still have their eyes on the prize.

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